Docents are available at the museum during the following hours:
Thursdays: 11 am - Noon and 2 - 3 pm
Saturdays: 11 am - Noon and 1 - 2 pm
Sundays: 1 - 2 pm
Docent led group tours are available by reservation, 30 day notification is appreciated.
or call: 508-385-4477 ext. 17
Who are the Docents?
Museum docents play a vital role at the Cape Cod Museum of Art. Docents are knowledgeable about the varied exhibitions at the museum and its permanent collection and serve a variety of roles such as providing information about exhibits and artists to museum visitors and guiding tours.
Meet The Docents
Peter Adams grew up in Boston and attended college there. He remembers going to the Museum of Fine Arts when it
was free on Tuesday evenings where he met a lot of interesting people and saw a lot of beautiful art. His appreciation of the arts extends to his family; one of his daughters is a ballerina with the New York City Ballet. Peter has been a Cape resident since 1976. He is married to a Cape Codder and conveniently lives on Whig Street right behind the museum.
Gail M. Burke, Ph.D. was active in the arts at a young age. Early experiences augmented by education in the arts instilled a firm foundation, encouraged expression, and nurtured a deep and abiding love of art. She paints with oils, acrylics, and mixed media, creating landscapes, figural representations, mythological-allegorical pieces, and still life art; and she ventures into the abstract on occasion. Gail enjoys painting en plein air, immersed in nature, studying the effects of changing light. And she loves to photograph, especially the landscapes of Cape Cod. Dr. Gail M. Burke served as a Teacher, Team and Curriculum Leader, school district Union President, and Chief Executive Officer of the Massachusetts Reading Association. Since restructuring her life to live full-time on Cape Cod, Gail has been studying art - its history, criteria for appraisal, movements and styles, techniques, methods, color and composition, oil painting, and water media painting. She has served as a docent at the Cape Cod Museum of Art since 2010 and currently serves as Chair of the Educational Outreach, preparing and presenting programs to teach about art and the artists of Cape Cod.
Maureen Callahan has been a docent since 2013. She retired to Cape Cod in 2000 from upstate New York where she enjoyed a career in business as a banking executive. Following her career she served as President and Executive Vice President of two non-profit foundations. While she has always had a strong interest in all aspects of art, retirement allowed her time to pursue exploration of her creative interests and to develop her painting skills in the culturally stimulating environment of Cape Cod. Maureen is an artist member of the Cape Cod Art Association and has exhibited there as well as at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Creative Arts Center in Chatham, Guyer Barn in Hyannis, and Brewster Library. She is a member of the National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic and serves on the Brewster Cultural Council.
Kathleen Clarity is a lifelong advocate of arts in education. She is a retired senior educational administrator from the New York State Education Department and is an Adjunct Professor at the College of St. Rose where she also sings professionally and takes part in national and international concert tours. She holds Graduate Degrees and Advanced Certificates in Educational Leadership, English Language Arts, and Elementary and Secondary Education from SUNY Albany and The College of St. Rose.
Maria Consoli Ianzito relocated to Cape Cod 25 years ago from Longmeadow, MA. On Cape she reinvented herself from being a history teacher to pursuing art which she had done in college. She studied with master teachers such as Jean Tucker, Theresa Welsh Baska, Loretta Finney, and Charles Slovak. Her style evolved from impressionist to simple colorist. Her goal is to evoke vivid memories and harmony with the world around her as she plays with color. Her work has appeared in juried shows at the Chatham Cultural Center and has won prizes at the Cape Cod Art Association. She also has pieces in the art collection of Cape Cod Hospital. She has taught art privately, and participated in art demonstrations for the Friends of the CMFA, and Yarmouth Art Guild.
Barbara Cole became a docent in 2012. She has always loved the arts and is especially passionate about music. Her membership in the Chatham Chorale has afforded her many years of joy and a continued love of learning works of the great Masters. Barbara grew up in Springfield, MA, and graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education. She participated in graduate level courses throughout her 28 year career at the South Yarmouth Elementary School, retiring in 2001. A lifelong interest in art motivates Barbara to learn all she can about our wonderful museum and the people who create the beauty within. She has a sincere interest in how artists think, live, work and thrive. She looks forward to sharing the history of one of America’s major art colonies, Provincetown and the works by outstanding artists associated with the Cape and the Islands.
Carolyn Duch hails from New Jersey. She was raised in New Providence and more recently lived in Basking Ridge. She was employed at Johnson & Johnson, worked as a Voice Artist, and freelanced as a Home Organizer. She was a member of Masterworks Chorus in NJ and Camerata Singers in PA, singing primarily classical music. In 2007 she fulfilled a childhood dream to live on Cape Cod. Here on the Cape she continues to sing, and she is also very active in community theatre. Writing, reading, and filling her lungs with salty air are some of her other favorite things to do. Carolyn became a docent in 2013 to share her delight in, and appreciation for, the wonderful variety of local talent. She is proud to support local organizations, like this Museum, that make it possible to showcase our artists year round.
Elinor Freedman is an artist who relocated from north of Boston to East Dennis where she is inspired by the beauty of the landscape and creative energy of fellow artists. Recent retirement from a long career as a school administrator and teacher has enabled her to devote dedicated time to creative pursuits. While Ellie has explored a variety of mediums, she is drawn to the vibrancy and immediacy of pastels, to which she has focused her current work. Ellie is a juried Master Artist at the Cape Cod Art Center, a juried member of the National Association of Women Artists and the Pastel Society of America as well as a member of the Yarmouth Art Guild, Arts Collaborative of Wakefield, and the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod for which she has served as a board member and coordinates a scholarship program for high school students who aspire to a career in the arts. Ellie began volunteering at the Cape Cod Museum of Art in 2012 as a front desk ambassador and docent and has co-facilitated the training of new docents.
Steve Gavin was born and raised on Long Island, New York and then lived in Southern California for 35 years before retiring to Cape Cod in 2000. A Mechanical Engineering graduate of Stevens Institute of Technology, he has worked in both the aerospace and construction industries. Each field emphasizes good, efficient design and thinking which Steve believes helps him to appreciate the various types of artistic expression. Steve is also Yarmouth’s representative on the Cape and Vineyard Electric Cooperative (CVEC) Board of Directors, and serves on the Yarmouth Energy Committee. His wife, Annmarie, is a Museum Educator and inspires him to learn more about understanding and appreciating art. Steve and Annmarie enjoy travelling the world and regularly seeking out museums to visit.
Barbara Gray has made art appreciation an important element in her life for years. A native of Pittsburgh, she spent her high school years in London and as a teenager traveled frequently throughout Europe enjoying some of the finest art museums in the world. She studied art history at Penn State, trained and served as a docent at the MFA in Springfield, MA, and volunteered in the “Art Goes to School” program when her children were in elementary school. A Realtor for 29 years, Barbara and her husband retired to the Cape in 2012. She became a docent in 2014 and also volunteers at CCMoA as a museum educator in the “Art & Conversation” Alzheimer’s program.
Priscilla Hutchinson’s ties to Cape Cod began at an early age while spending part of each summer in Dennis. Her return as a full time resident in 2007 brought her full circle to a place she has always considered home. Priscilla graduated from U Mass Amherst where she majored in art. Following a number of years teaching art she studied interior design at the New York School of Interior Design. She combined her love of art and history to establish an antiques business that she has operated for forty years while living in a variety of places, most recently in Wiscasset Maine. Visiting museums and galleries wherever she has lived or traveled has deepened her understanding and appreciation of the fine and decorative arts. She has a son Will who lives in Kentucky and a daughter Hallie who lives in New York.
Fran Iovinella is originally from the Capitol District of New York State. She has been a full time resident on the Cape since 2007. Graduating from SUNY New Paltz with a degree in Art Ed, doing graduate work at SUNY Albany and the College of St. Rose, she taught art education in the Schenectady City School District for over 3 decades. After retiring to the Cape, she started volunteering at the Museum as a front desk volunteer, then became a Museum Educator, now a Docent.
Deborah E. Blackman Jacobs, a docent at CCMoA for many years, is an impressionist-representational painter who works in oils, watercolors and acrylics. An essential activity for her is meeting weekly with artist friends to paint together, encourage each other, “break bread” with one another and solve the problems of the world. Deborah has had some exceptional teachers in her quest to become a fine artist and is able to impart the information learned wile in training. This enhances her role as a docent as she is able to share information about materials, styles and art history. Deborah graduated from Brooklyn College - City University of New York and did her graduate work at Boston University. She loves studying, reading and taking a variety of classes such as art history, techniques of the old masters, ancient Chinese and Japanese literature. She is a retired psychologist. She and her husband, Martin, also a psychologist, live in Brewster full time, but spend time in Brookline which enables them to easily visit with their four grown children and their grandchildren, some of whom have shown a strong interest in the arts. Deborah also loves animals and currently has a “rescue greyhound”, Xenia, named after the artist Xenia Hausner, who was recently released for “adoption” when the race tracks in Massachusetts closed..
Corinne Martinage has always been interested in art and art history. Retiring to the Cape in 1996, she pursued this interest by taking Art History classes at Cape Cod Community College, Snow Library and PAMM with Tracey Anderson, and at Cape Cod Museum of Art with Elizabeth Ives Hunter. As an enthusiastic Docent at CCMoA, she enjoys the opportunity to continue and develop her art/art history interests. Corinne is a graduate of Newton Wellesley School of Nursing and worked as an RN at Mass General and Lahey Clinic. She is married and has 4 children and 6 grandchildren.
Judy McElroy, a retired nurse, worked in major teaching hospitals in Boston for over 40 yrs. in both staff and management positions. Areas of practice included Emergency Critical Care and OR. She traveled extensively in Europe, Middle East, and India in the mid 1970's. This exposure plus a life-long interest in Art/Architecture led to a degree in Art History. She joined the Docent team at CCMoA in 2013, providing an opportunity to explore the rich heritage of Cape Cod art.
Christina Petruska and her husband, Steve, became full-time Cape residents in 2010. They have been active Museum members, and volunteers, since 2005. Christina is Vice President Emerita of Rider University in New Jersey where she was a member of the administration for over 25 years. She received a BA in Political Science from Rutgers University and spent her Junior Year Abroad in Oxford, England – an opportunity to travel widely and visit some of the most extraordinary museums in the world. Christina has been an avid art lover since childhood and is delighted to be learning about the rich and storied art environment on the Cape.
Barbara Potzka earned a teaching degree in Elementary Education with certification as an Art teacher and enjoyed a thirty-four year career in elementary education. She loved incorporating art throughout her curriculum and she believed that through art, children’s voices can be heard. In 2012, Barbara was trained as a docent at Cape Cod Museum of Art and has embraced the challenges of learning about art, history, artists and techniques. Recently, Barbara participated as a co-facilitator of the Cape Cod Museum of Art docent training program. Barbara also enjoys writing and facilitates a memoir-writing class at A.L.L., which she also finds very rewarding.
Kathy Rasimas grew up in Kenmore NY, a suburb of Buffalo. After 2 years of college, she decided she wanted to be a “stewardess” instead of a teacher and thus began 36 wonderful years of a globetrotting life as a flight attendant. She moved to the Cape full time in March ’13. As a painter in watercolor, oils, and acrylics she has enjoyed art classes all over the Cape, including some at the Museum. Volunteerism is a big part of Kathy’s life. She has been a docent at the Museum since 2014. She also works at the front desk, and enjoys talking to everyone who comes through the front door. She has been a Hospice volunteer for 17 years. She joined Hope Health Hospice shortly after moving to the Cape, and finds it very rewarding, if challenging at times. She has a daughter who lives in NYC.
Karen Pryce moved to the Cape in 2010. One of her first endeavors was to immerse herself in the docent training program at CCMoA. Although she had no prior knowledge of the breadth of art on the Cape she has quickly learned what a wealth of material there is here. Karen enjoys sharing her new found love with fellow docents and visitors to the Museum. Karen earned her BA in psychology at the University of Vermont. Her work history is varied. She has been a lending officer, financial aid officer, and interior decorator for such major companies as Thomasville, Hitchcock and Ethan Allan. Karen has since retired and is pursuing her artistic side by plein airepainting with friends. Karen is married with two children, one in Boston and the other in Houston Texas.
Gail F. Scannell has found delight in art and artists since she was a child. Her introduction was her mother who graduated from the Boston School of Art in the early 1930s. Then life happened and it was not until the 1990s that she ventured into creating art herself. She has learned about materials, styles and the labor involved in acrylic, watercolor, sume-i, and collage; abstract, realism, and the combination of each approach. Her Docent tours have often been rewarded when a Museum visitor has smiled, said “I see!”, and gone back to look at previously viewed art with joy and wonderment.
Micky Sheehan’s interest in the visual arts began during childhood visits to the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum in Boston. Later, at college, he studied Art History as part of the Liberal Arts (remember them?) curriculum requirements at Columbia. It was during college that he began “collecting” Vermeers, visiting the Frick, the Metropolitan and the National Gallery of Art to see the works of his favorite painter. While in no way an artist himself, Micky, during his career with the National Park Service, had a role in preserving and protecting America’s cultural heritage and interpreting it to the public. As his schedule permitted, he continued visiting Vermeers and many other artists’ works in museums and galleries across the USA, Australia, Europe, Asia and Latin America, enriching his knowledge and appreciation of art and art-making. Micky and his wife Evelyn (also a Park Service retiree) chose Dennis as their retirement home in part because of the year-round cultural life in the Village, centered on the Cape Cod Museum of Art. Within a few months of moving to Dennis, Micky started to volunteer at the Museum. He currently enjoys working as a docent and assisting the Exhibits Curator with the physical work of unpacking, hanging, wrapping, and storing works of art exhibited in the Museum’s galleries.
Ann Wolf became a docent in 2014. She is a native of South Weymouth MA and enjoys yoga, golf, and biking and especially likes to travel. She attended Marymount College where she took an art appreciation course and began to enjoy and appreciate art. She also has a Masters in Education from Bank Street College of Education and a CAGS degree in Special Education. Spending 6 years in New York gave her numerous opportunities to visit museums and learn more about art. In 1981 she took a job in the Dennis-Yarmouth School System as a Special Education teacher. In collaboration with the art teacher she often accompanied her students to the Museum of Fine Arts and shared in their enthusiastic responses to actually viewing the paintings they had been studying. She is embracing the opportunity of being a docent to continue to learn and enjoy art.